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City Council To Decide On Banning Use Of Pesticide On City Property

Photo courtesy Almond Board of California
 

Photo courtesy Almond Board of California

The Sacramento City Council will decide tonight whether to ban use of a type of pesticide on city property. 

If the resolution is approved, the city would change its contracts with landscaping companies to prohibit use of the pesticide.  

Councilman Jeff Harris is a beekeeper. 

"I'm introducing this resolution to get the city to curtail use of the class of pesticide neonicotinoids,” he says. “There's an awful lot of data that show that they contribute to colony-collapse disorder and they're just generally disruptive to many different pollinators."

This type of bug-killer is effective in fighting Dutch Elm Disease and may still be used for that purpose. 

Harris says the city can not ban the pesticide for private use. Only the state can do that. 

The resolution calls on the federal government to restrict the use and registration of this kind of pesticide.